MARYVILLE, TN (July 23, 2012) John Myers has been engulfed in the rhythm and blues tradition since starting his career with his brothers and three others as The Five Pennies. Later, as The Four Pennies, they began playing some of John’s original pieces which they recorded with Brunswick Records.
John’s rich voice represented Motown but is certainly more flexible than just soul.
The current band is a blend of multiple traditions and, in addition to John Myers, includes Sean McCollough on keyboards, banjo and guitar; Chris Durman on guitar; Steve White on mandolin; Maria Williams on upright bass and Steve Corrigan on drums.
The John Myers Band will perform a concert on Thursday, August 9, at 7 p.m. as a part of this season’s Hot Summer Nights Concert series at the Blount County Public Library. The concert series is sponsored by the Blount County Friends of the Library.
John’s professional career started when he, his twin brother and a younger brother formed a group, The Five Pennies, with Benny Washington, Charles Holloway and Clifford Curry. On Savoy records, they released several songs including “Mr. Moon” by Clifford Curry.
When they changed their name to The Four Pennies, they recorded three of John’s songs on Brunswick Records, “ ‘Tis the Season,” “You Have No Time to Lose” and “You’re Gas with Your Trash.”
In 1970, they changed their name to Hearts of Stone and recorded on the Motown label an album, “Stop the World, We Wanna Get On.” The band members were John, Floyd Lawson, Carl Cutler and Lindsey Griffen, and they wrote songs for a CD which was released in 2002/2004.
John currently collaborates with his wife, Pamela, a prolific songwriter. They released a live album from WDVX Blue Plate Special radio show and another album in May.
For the library concert, the band will perform a mix of songs, traditions and styles, many blended with an Americana touch.
Other Hot Summer Nights concerts, all on consecutive Thursday evenings and concluding September 13, are indoors in the air-conditioned library facility.
Gritte Fritter (John Dupree), singer-guitarist, will perform on August 16 with Abigail Sinders on fiddle and vocals and Roscoe Morgan on electric bass and vocals. They will perform folk and Americana song selections ranging from the traditional (When The Work’s All Done This Fal)l, to popular (Still Crazy After all These Years), and the classic (Gentle On My Mind). Dupree moved to Tennessee from North Carolina in 2001.
The Standards/Spencer’s Own, performing on August 23, sing a cappella with a smoothly blended harmony that only five brothers can achieve. The quintet of Morgan, Nathan, Jordan, Nicholas and Quinn Williams, present a high-energy program of choreography, comedy and audience interaction. While this group hails from Nashville and is currently changing their name to Spencer’s Own to honor their father, they have performed previously at several schools in Blount County.
Fritz Beer, solo singer/songwriter, will perform on August 30. Fritz Beer writes and sings down-to-earth, spirited, song stories about good-hearted people who sometimes go astray. His music touches on multiple American traditions of rock, country, soul and blues. He has won songwriting awards and recently received an ASCAP songwriting award for publishing achievements. He has composed songs for short films, two feature films and multiple televisions shows, including four current shows.
Knoxville Opera Company, on September 6, will preview the coming season’s operas, Die Fledermaus, The Girl of the Golden West and Cinderella. Executive Director, Brian Salesky, will accompany one or two of the performers from this season’s productions as they sing excerpts from the three operas.
Bill Robinson String Quartet, on September 13, will perform a string concert of music ranging from classical to Celtic, tangos to Turtles. The quartet, all teachers, includes Bill Robinson, violin; Allyson Finck, violin; Christy Graffeo, viola; Sarah Cline, cello. With the varied selections of music, there should be something to suit everyone’s taste, and these teachers especially invite students to the concert.
At most of the Hot Summer Nights concerts, CDs by the performers will be available for sale.
Free and open to the public, these concerts will be at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.
For further information about library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site atwww.blountlibrary.org .